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Which 2023 CrossFit Trends Are Here to Stay?

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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • 20 last-minute gift ideas for the CrossFitters in your life
  • What trended in CrossFit in 2023?
  • CrossFit Taranis member, Mike Sanborn, rows 100k for charity

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Check out our Holiday Gift Guide.

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“I was humming along at around a 2:11 pace until around five hours. Things got hard after that, and around 76k I was in a pretty dark space.” - Mike Sanborn, CrossFit Taranis member

  20 Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for the CrossFitter in Your Life  

20 Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for the CrossFitter in Your Life

We’ve all been there. It’s just a few days before Christmas. The Amazon shipping cutoff has come and gone and store shelves are sparse. But you forgot to get a gift for the CrossFitter in your life. While it might be tempting just to get them an IOU, here are 20 other creative ideas that don’t require shipping or a trip to the store.

1. Cover Their CrossFit Gym Membership for a Month: The perfect holiday surprise for the avid CrossFitter. It’s well-known that CrossFit gym memberships aren’t cheap.

  • Cost: This varies based on location and can range from $75 to $300.
  • How To Purchase: Contact your CrossFitter’s local affiliate and ask if you can cover their membership. Most affiliate owners are more than happy to help you do that.

2. Subscription to a Competition or Training Program: If the CrossFitter in your life is pursuing the competitive aspect of the sport, a subscription to a competition program is a great way to help them push for their goals.

  • InvictusMayhem, and Misfit — just to name three — all offer great competitive programs, as well as specialty programs for those looking to improve a specific skill.
  • For athletes not looking to compete but in need of a solid workout program, Mayhem offers their Everyday Athlete program, which has five tracks to fit everyone’s needs, including a 30-minute-per-day workout track.
  • Cost: Varies based on subscription, but typically between $20 and $50 per month.
  • How to purchase: A variety of programs offer these training programs, but are typically available on their websites.

3. Subscription to pliability: Formerly ROMWOD, pliability is a great way to give the CrossFitter in your life regimented mobility.

  • Cost: Subscription starts at $17.95 per month.
  • How To Purchase: On their website.

4. Fit Radio Subscription: While some people love crafting the perfect Spotify playlist, others find it to be time-consuming and frustrating. With FitRadio, they can stream continuously DJ’d mixes for hours on end or as long as their workout lasts. With genres like Hip Hop, EDM, Pop, and Latin, there’s a mix for everyone.

  • Cost: A lifetime subscription costs just $79, though you can get it for as low as $3.99 per month.
  • How To Purchase: On their website.
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Represent 247 FW23 Apparel Drop: Last Friday, Represent released the second drop of their 247 FW23 collection. The drop includes a range of technical jackets, pants, and accessories. Gear up now.

🎙️ 🎙️ The Weekly Buzz: Check out our news brief collab with Kettlebells and Cocktails to get caught up on some of the top community, affiliate, and sport stories of the week.

  • On this week’s episode: Joe and Niki get caught up on competition action from the past weeks and more.

New Partnership: HYROX announced last week that it has partnered with Factor, making them their Official Meal Delivery Service in the U.S. HYROX athletes and spectators will also be offered 50% off their first box of Factor and 20% off their next four boxes of Factor with code HYROX2024.

The Standard 🛶: Rogue’s newest challenge, The Standard, involves max meters rowed in a 24-hour period. This challenge is open to teams of two, three, or four, and entry fees benefit The Big Fish Foundation. Register now and complete the challenge between December 16 through January 2.

🚨 New Book 🚨: Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr’s new book, The Heart is the Strongest Muscle, is available now for presale. Check it out now.

ICYMI: What’s next for collegiate athletes who don’t go pro?

  TYR Shoes, Handstand Pirouettes, Long Shorts, and Fit Babies: A Look at What Trended in 2023  


TYR Shoes, Handstand Pirouettes, Long Shorts, and Fit Babies: A Look at What Trended in 2023

Every year, as our community gets fitter and fitter, new trends emerge that everyone collectively seems to embrace suddenly. Sometimes they stick around for a year or two before fading into the past, like those knee-high bacon socks circa 2010. Other times, they’re revolutionary and become staples, like the butterfly pull-up Brett Marshall introduced at the 2007 CrossFit Games.

In light of this, let’s take a look at what trended in 2023, and whether we think it’s here to stay.

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  CrossFit Taranis Member Rows 100k, Helps Raise $36,000 for Charity  

CrossFit Taranis Member Rows 100k, Helps Raise $36,000 for Charity

When Devin Eaton decided that his gym would join CrossFit Taranis in Victoria, British Columbia, and participate in “100.3k for Q,” a fundraising effort that involves rowing 100 kilometers, he assumed the work would be broken into teams.

For the most part, it was, but one man, Mike Sanborn, decided to row the entire 100 kilometers by himself.

It took Sanborn, a 13-year member of CrossFit Taranis, eight hours and five minutes to complete the task as he rowed alongside teams of four or five from both Taranis and Eaton’s gym—Alberni Valley CrossFit in Port Alberni—also located on Vancouver Island.

The details: On December 2, the two CrossFit communities raised $36,000 (CAD) for Lumara Grief & Bereavement Care Society, a Canadian charity that helps children, youth, and families cope with loss.

Sanborn, who raised $15,600 on his own, started the fundraiser in 2001 in honor of his friend Quentin Liedtke, a former college rower who passed away from a rare form of brain cancer in 2020. Between 2021 and 2023, he has helped raise $105,000 for Lumara.

Raising money for Lumara spoke to Eaton immediately, as the city of Port Alberni, with a population of around 18,000, faces a high opioid overdose death rate.

  •  “Some people in the gym have experienced loss [from overdose], so this really hit home for them, and to be able to support them is really big,” Eaton said, adding that he couldn’t be happier with how the fundraiser played out.
  • “It brought a lot of cohesion and support,” he said, and as a new gym that only opened in February 2023, it was also a chance for morning and evening people to meet for the first time and forge new friendships.

Rowing 100k: Heading into the row, Sanborn’s goal was to row at an average pace of 2:15/500 meters, which would have had him finish in seven and a half hours “if things went according to plan,” he said. “But alas they did not.”

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  CrossFit Taranis Member Rows 100k, Helps Raise $36,000 for Charity  

Morning Chalk Up's Holiday Gift Guide

Stuck on what to gift the CrossFit lover in your life this holiday season? Look no further! Surprise them with gear that elevates every workout. And guess what? You deserve the gift of peak performance too! Treat them (or yourself) to the latest in fitness essentials – from performance-enhancing gear to recovery essentials, we’ve curated the ultimate gift guide to make every workout merry and bright.

What are you waiting for? Start gifting!


Mobilize Your Shoulders

Games athlete and physical therapist Amanda Barnhart gives her favorite shoulder stretch for those with pain and stiffness. This is a common complaint among CrossFitters, especially those who also spend time bent over a computer each day. You'll need a band and a rig post.




CVG's 12 Days of Fitmas Challenge

Imagine starting each day with a new fitness challenge tailored just for you. Not only will you feel accomplished, but you'll also be one step closer towards reaching your fitness goals. And you have a chance to win free leggings every day. Who doesn't love adding stylish workout gear to their wardrobe?



Box Jump Overs, Three Ways

Jump Ship Training coaches demonstrate three different ways to execute box jump overs, depending on the stimulus and the workout. Try all three and see which you like best.



Born Primitive Free Expedited Shipping

Shoppers have only 1 day left to place an order with a guarantee that it will arrive before Christmas! Hurry up and snag all those last minute items before it's too late.



Peanut Butter Protein Bars

These easy treats can be made in minutes and can be easily modified if needed. Try them out for your next holiday party or for a post-workout snack.


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3/9: The Valkyrie Fitness Competition (Tampa, FL)
3/16: Upper Hunter Strongest Novice (Muswellbrook, Australia)
3/16: Oceanside CrossFit 1st Annual Shamwod & Shenanigains (Oceanside, Ca)
3/16: Shamwod & Shenanigains (Oceanside, Ca)
3/16: Shamwod & Shenanigains (oceanside, ca)
3/23: CFL Teen Take Over (Lorton, VA)
3/23: Masters Distinguished Games (Fort Wright, KY)
3/23 - 3/24: Beach Brawl (Spring) (Pensacola Beach, FL)
4/6 - 4/7: SeaDog Summer Showdown (Jupiter, Florida)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Minnesota (Austin, Minnesota)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Kentucky (Richmond, Kentucky)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Ohio (Lancaster, Ohio)
4/6: Best Babes Decatur (Decatur, Alabama)
4/6: Best Babes 608 (Janesville, Wisconsin)
4/6: Best Babes South Carolina (Beufort, South Carolina)
4/6: Best Babes Houston (Houston, Texas)
4/6: Best Babes Wyoming (Cheyene, Wyoming)
4/6: War Off I-4 (Deland, FL)
4/6 - 4/7: No Pain No Game (Legnano, Italy)
4/6 - 4/7: Shack Team Edition (Rome, Italy)
4/6: Best Babes South Carolina (Beaufort, SC)
4/6: Best Babes Decatur (Decatur, AL)
4/6 - 4/7: Landifornian Battle (Seignosse, France)
4/6: Two Peas in a Pod: Mixed Gender Partner Comp (Burlington, MA)
4/6: Best Babes Tampa (Tampa, Florida)
4/13: Queens of Oly Rockledge (Rockledge, FL)
4/13: Queens of Oly East Tennessee (Bulls Gap, TN)
4/13: Fittest on Main (Boaz, AL)
4/19 - 4/21: Crash Crescendo (Spartanburg, SC)
4/20: First EVER Adaptive Festivus Games Competition (Waterford, United States)
4/20: Barbells For Bullies: Community Workout Savannah (Savnnah, Georgia, US)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CrossFit Plattsburgh (Plattsburgh, NY)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CrossFit Masiphumelele (Kommetjie, Cape Town, South Africa)
4/20: Festivus Games (Goderich, Canada)
4/20: Festivus Games (Clermont, FL)
4/20: Festivus Games @ The Gym – CrossFit Kilo (Cedar Falls, IA)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CBM Sirens (Caledonia, MS)
4/20: Festivus Games @ Coyote Valley (San Jose, CA)
4/20 - 4/21: Okanagan Valley Throwdown (Penticton, British Columbia)
4/20: The Fittest 4 (Sunshine Coast, Australia)
4/20: Embrace the Challenge (Mentor, Ohio)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CrossFit Pagosa (Pagosa Springs, CO)
4/20: Festivus Games (WAUKESHA, WI)
4/20 - 4/21: BGR Contest Spring Edition (Bergerac, France)
4/20 - 4/21: Okanagan Valley Throwdown (Penticton, British Columbia, Canada)
4/26 - 4/28: Crash Crescendo (Spartanburg, SC)
4/27: Cap Crown Throwdown (Gladstone, Australia)
4/28: 249 Spring Throwdown (Sittingbourne, Kent, England)

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